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June 20, 2013 | By Chris Lee, Los Angeles Times
In 2000, the oddball idea crashed into Michael Douglas' self-regard like a thundering piano glissando. Between takes on "Traffic," the ensemble narco drama the actor was at work on then, Oscar-winning director Steven Soderbergh came to Douglas to pitch the idea of him playing one of the 20th century's most flamboyant, fabulously magniloquent showmen in a future film. "Steven gave me that pensive 'looking right through me' expression when I was portraying the drug czar, a pretty buttoned-up guy, to say, 'Have you ever thought about portraying Liberace?
June 5, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
So Michael Douglas said something about oral sex and cancer . Perhaps you heard about it? The actor's comments sparked controversy, not to mention a great deal of panic, but Tuesday on “Conan,” Nick Offerman shared a humorous story that should put us all at ease. Its moral? Just listen to the coyotes. The “Parks and Recreation” star recalled how when he and his wife, Megan Mullaly , first began dating, Mother Nature seemed to be sending signals that they were meant to be together.
June 3, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Michael Douglas recently addressed his bout with throat cancer, leading many to believe that his particular battle with the disease was brought on by oral sex. But now his camp is backtracking on the comments. In a candid interview with the Guardian newspaper, the actor said that he didn't regret his years of smoking and drinking, which were thought to be the cause of his cancer when he was diagnosed three years ago. "No. Because without wanting to get too specific, this particular cancer is caused by HPV [human papillomavirus]
May 24, 2013 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Steven Soderbergh's "Behind the Candelabra" was preceded by so much fuss over the casting of Michael Douglas as bedazzled pianist icon Liberace and Matt Damon as the entertainer's young lover Scott Thorson, that you'd have thought the duo did something other than act for a living. Yes, biopics are hard, and Liberace was quite a character. That elfin face and sweet whine of a voice appear so at odds with his carefully controlled career. And certainly not every actor can convincingly rock sequined pants and an ermine cape.
May 23, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Catherine Zeta-Jones has returned home after leaving a treatment facility where she was being treated for her bipolar II disorder. The actress was spotted driving to her New York City apartment Tuesday after dropping off her daughter at school, according to People and E! News .  Zeta-Jones, 43, checked herself into the facility on April 29 and was set to be there for 30 days. She was there to undergo some healthy "maintenance," according to TMZ. Her rep did not immediately return a request for comment.
May 10, 2013 | By Meredith Blake, Los Angeles Times
"Too much of a good thing is wonderful," declares Liberace in the closing minutes of "Behind the Candelabra. " The line, borrowed from Mae West, is a fitting description of the late pianist's famously over-the-top aesthetic: In his long-running Las Vegas show, Liberace was known to make his grand entrance via bedazzled Rolls-Royce limousines and for wearing glitzy ensembles like star-spangled hot pants or a sequin-lined, white fox coat with a 16-foot...
February 12, 2013 | By Robert Greene
There is a scene in the movie “ Falling Down ” -- released almost exactly 20 years ago -- in which laid-off aerospace engineer William Foster tangles with a couple of gang members on a vacant hill just west of downtown Los Angeles. The film is a gold mine for anyone who wants to delve into the rich genre of stories about L.A. as paradise lost, or explore the standard menu of racial stereotypes. The hard-working white guy is the victim, and he's finally had enough. This is one of those movies.
January 5, 2013 | By Scott Collins
That the life of pianist Liberace was flamboyant was beyond compare - maybe a little too flamboyant for the movie studios. So Steven Soderbergh's new Liberace biopic "Behind the Candelabra" is headed to HBO, with Michael Douglas playing the legendary entertainer from 1960s TV fame. Director Soderbergh was quoted as saying that while he long wanted to make the Liberace project, studios found it "too gay. " "I was very anxious that we not make a caricature," Soderbergh told reporters at the TV press tour on Friday in Pasadena.
December 17, 2012 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Michael Douglas' son reportedly has been beaten in a Pennsylvania prison, winding up with a broken finger and a broken leg. Cameron Douglas, 34, suffered the injuries - including a broken femur - after a New York City crime boss put a $100 bounty on his head during the prison flag-football league season because he was a "rat," a prison source told the New York Post. Although the younger Douglas reportedly dropped out of the league where he was targeted, he nonetheless turned up badly injured.
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